j2 MY COUNTRY AND MY PEOPLE
contentment. In his Chinese gown, his soul has come to rest.
The strange fascination of Chinese surroundings which keeps
many "queer55 Europeans in China for life comes over him
toward middle age.
Meanwhile, the large majority of the people will keep in
their old ruts, not by any conscious conviction but by a kind
of racial Instinct. I feel the racial tradition is so strong that its
fundamental pattern of life will always remain. Even if a
cataclysmic upheaval like a communistic regime should come,
the old tradition of individuality, toleration, moderation and
common sense will break Communism and change it beyond
recognition, rather than Communism with its socialistic, im-
personal and rigoristic outlook break the old tradition. It
must be so.